How to take care of your chicken

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Having a flock of chickens requires some tasks that you need to do on a regular basis. These chores will keep your chickens happy, stable, and clean. Chicken care isn’t going to have to be complicated. Learn about some of the main tasks to make sure you give your chickens all they need.

Ways to take care of your chicken daily

  • Check your water and clean / refill it as needed.

Make sure your hens have a good supply of freshwater. Chickens don’t like drinking dirty water, so they will dehydrate if they don’t have clean drinking water for a short time. Shavings, straw, and poop can get in the water all day and muck it up.

So check the water if you find any debris or thinness in the bottle. Use dish soap and water for regular cleaning and rinse well before refilling. You may also use chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach to sanitize the water bottle as long as it is thoroughly rinsed.

  • Feed your chickens.

You can feed your chickens free of charge with a large hanging feeder, adding chicken feed as needed. Or you can feed them a fixed amount every day.

  • Collect your eggs.

Collecting eggs every day ensures that they are as clean as possible. It also reduces cracked eggs and maximizes freshness.

Look at the chickens. Spend some time with the flock, watching the chickens to make sure they’re safe. Active, alert chickens with bright eyes and smooth feathers are positive signs.

Ways to take care of your chicken monthly

  • Manage your bedding.

How you do this depends on the litter method you use. For flocks that have only a small field, change the coop bedding at least monthly. But in larger areas, flocks may use the deep litter process. Start with 3 to 4 inches of bedding for this method.

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Add more bedding every month (or when the drops build-up) until you have 6 inches or more. Then remove the bedding twice a year and start over. You can also compost chicken litter for use in the garden; it is high in nitrogen.

  • New the boxes for the crib.

When the bedding in the nest box becomes soiled with poop or broken eggs, remove the dirty parts and put them in fresh bedding. This helps keep your hens laying in the nest boxes, making it easier to clean the eggs.

  • Sanitize the waterers.

You should give the water containers a deep clean water at least monthly. Sanitize with your choice of a solution; the easiest part is 1 part of bleach to 10 parts of water. Then wash the waterers with a dish of soap and warm water and rinse well to remove any residual bleach and soap before refilling with fresh water.

How to take care of your chicken Yearly

  • Clean the coop thoroughly and sanitize it.

Once or twice a year, remove everything from the coop and wash all surfaces with 1 part of bleach to 10 parts of water.3 You should also do this between the flocks or if a member of your flock has a contagious disease. Some people prefer to sprinkle diatomaceous soil in the coop to cut down on the mites and keep the hens healthy. Get food-grade diatomaceous soil, and don’t worry if hens eat a little; it’s perfectly healthy for them.

  • Get ready for the season.

Making sure your hens are ready for the cold winter weather is a vital part of holding your flock. If necessary, get the heaters for your waterers.

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And consider whether you want to use light (to mimic daylight) to keep your hens in the winter. Also, make sure you have room for everyone to roost; this is how hens stay warm. You’re not supposed to heat your chicken coop.

Maintaining the pace of these chores throughout the year will keep your hens content, safe, and full of farm-fresh eggs.

Where to buy Chickens in Akwa Ibom State

Since chicken is the only meat that has no negative health conditions, you can always use it to prepare any local and continental dishes of your choice. In Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, you can buy chickens from sofreshchikens.com at the following locations;

  • Uyo, The Akwa Ibom State capital:

    Number 215 Udo Umana Street opposite Akpan Andem Market, Uyo

  • Oron, Akwa Ibom State:

    Number 27 Market Square by Aba Street, Oron, Akwa Ibom State

  • Eket, Akwa Ibom State:

3 park road, opposite Chinese market, Eket.

 

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